Samsung made an appearance at Baselworld 2017 in Switzerland to showcase three new watch concepts inspired by its latest Gear S3 smartwatch. The South Korean tech giant partnered up with luxury watch designer Yvan Arpa in order to pay tribute to the classic era that came before smartwatches became a thing.
The three concepts have been created by Samsung specifically for Baselworld and each features an inscription on the back panel to honor the occasion. The first one is actually an analog skeleton watch complete with a mechanical Swiss-made movement that was styled to look like the Gear S3. Samsung didn't reveal many details about the watch, but since the device is not a smartwatch per se, it's probably safe to assume the touchscreen and other smart features have been removed from it. The second concept has the Gear S3 smartwatch restyled using premium materials, as well as new finishes and bands. The last one is a white pocket watch that sports a mechanical watch movement on the backside, along with the Gear S3 smartwatch on the inside. There’s another version in black that puts a compass on the lid instead of the mechanical watch movement. As for the Gear S3 smartwatch on the inside, it features a functional touchscreen that appears to be running Tizen OS. On the back side, the pocket watch even has a heart rate monitor, although it’s hard to imagine how you’d hold it against your wrist when engaged in a physical workout.
These watches are experimental prototypes, so it’s doubtful they will be launched on the market anytime soon, although one can’t be entirely certain that won't happen. By showing off these concepts, Samsung probably just wanted to highlight its commitment to delivering high-quality craftsmanship in all of its products while also reflecting the heritage and evolution of the noble watch industry. In its latest press release, Samsung also mentions it will start rolling out a so-called Value Pack for owners of the Gear 2 and the Gear S3. The update bestows a host of new features developed through partnerships Samsung has struck with companies such as Under Armour, Spotify, and BMW. Samsung’s Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier have proven to be very popular with consumers, so it isn't surprising that the company intends to keep supporting them with new software features and improvements.